Lauwersmeer National Park

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Lauwersmeer National Park photograph

Uitzicht vanaf uitkijktoren over het Lauwersmeergebied. Locatie. Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer 02

Lauwersmeer National Park

Lauwersmeer National Park

The Lauwersmeer National Park is located on the Groningen-Frisian border and came into being in 1969 after the construction of a dam between the old lake and the Wadden Sea . Since then, a magnificent birding area has developed.The dykes border the Wadden area, which is a national nature reserve. The region around Lauwersmeer is characterized by two very different landscapes. In the north, on both sides of the lake, the landscape is open and vast and to the south of the lake, the landscape is closed and intimate. Rows of trees and hedges divide the land. The surrounding area is mainly open grassland and arable land with scattered farms.The saltmarshes and polders form an important high-tide roost for waterbirds that feed in the Wadden Sea and are an important feeding area for Brent goose (Branta bernicla) and Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis). This is the second most important breeding site for Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) in the Netherlands.
Breeding birds also include;-Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) pictured, Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea), and Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus).In winter the area is imortant for large numbers of wildfowl.

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